UPDATE: According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Mariners and Jack Wilson are discussing a contract extension.
With the World Series behind us, we enter baseball's free agency run, with 150 or more players throwing their names into the hopper.
Let the bidding begin. Of course, for the next two weeks, the only team that can talk money - wink, wink - is the one you played for last year.
As Mariners players continue to file, Seattle will have the right to get the first bids in on Ken Griffey Jr., Adrian Beltre, Erik Bedard, Mike Sweeney, Russell Branyan, Endy Chavez and - eek! - Miguel Batista.
Jack Wilson could become a free agent if the Mariners decline the final year of his $8.2 million deal.
From those, assuming they all file, who do you want back?
Branyan isn't a No. 3 or No. 4 hitter - not in his own mind - so shouldn't be paid as one. But the power he brought to the Mariners lineup let him lead the team in home runs. Without him, the team would be one bat shorter.
Bedard is one of those cases where, if healthy, he's worth a gamble. The question is, will he ever be and stay healthy? The Mariners are looking to a post-season berth - and what good does Bedard do them if by October he's done?
Chavez will try to ressurect his career on a knee ruined by Yunieskey Betancourt. Sweeney showed he could be a viable right-handed pinch hitter, but that's hardly a priority.
Beltre? He's a longshot to want to return, and the Mariners may finally have learned he's not a heart of the order hitter. And how many No. 7 hitters can one team field?
Batista? Um, no.
Junior? Bet he'll be back, in a diminished role, at a lower salary. And bet it'll get done quickly.
Which leaves Wilson. GM Jack Zduriencik will be loathe to let him go, having just acquired him in trade. But is he the kind of shortstop who can take the team to another level?
Interesting questions the Mariners face. Care to give them free advice? They may not take it, but they'll read it.